Tommy Pham says Rays are 'a team with really no fan base at all'

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham may not receive a standing ovation for his first home game in 2019. Pham didn’t make many friends among Rays fans Thursday, saying the team’s fan base is non-existent.

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Pham spoke to MLB Network Radio, where he expressed a few frustrations about local fans not coming out to support the Rays.

Here are the relevant parts of Pham’s quote:

“It sucks going from playing in front of a great fan base to a team with really no fan base at all. St. Louis, they are one of the few teams to where, day in and day out, they have 40,000 fans out every game. That’s something that I miss.

The Rays, they just don’t have that. Do I think something has to happen, whether it be a new ballpark, maybe a new city? I think so. If you have a team that’s going to be winning 90-plus games competing in that division, and you don’t have any fan support, then that’s a huge problem.”

The St. Louis Cardinals — Pham’s former team — averaged 42,019 fans in 2018, according to ESPN. That ranked as the third-most in baseball. The Rays, on the other hand, averaged just 14,258 fans per game. That ranked just ahead of the Miami Marlins for the worst average attendance in baseball.

Attendance has been in issue for the Rays over the years. Prior to 2018, the Rays have ranked dead last in average attendance from 2017 to 2012.

While Pham — who hit .275/.367/.464 last season — may not get the warmest reception from fans on opening day, he’ll have plenty of time to get back on their good side. Unless he’s traded, Pham is under team control with the Rays through 2021.

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Traded to the New York Mets from the Seattle Mariners

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RHP Jeurys Familia

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Left the New York Yankees in free agency to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies

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Left the Oakland A's in free agency to sign with the New York Mets

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RHP Ivan Nova

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LHP Patrick Corbin

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Traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Seattle Mariners

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RHP Matt Harvey

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Left the Oakland A's in free agency to sign with the Chicago Cubs

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Left the Houston Astros in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays

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